Almut Otto

Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.

Start-up of the day: Roseboxes – sustainable and beautiful

Fresh flowers are really a wonderful way to decorate. And of course there are always occasions when you can express your thanks with a gorgeous bouquet. For those who want to be sustainable, it is best to buy flowers with the FLP label or a box of roses. The latter are packaged at the time of...

Fraunhofer ISE brightens up solar car roofs

The  International Motor Show (IAA) will take place in Frankfurt from the 12th to the 22nd of September. Most of it will revolve around the mobility of the future. In addition to the range of self-charging electric vehicles, Fraunhofer ISE is now also bringing the subject of optics into play: the...

Study shows digital stress in every 5th employee

Nowadays, hardly any of us can work without digital media any more. After all, smartphones, laptops and co offer the option of being able to access a large volume of information at will. Needless to say, we are also able to act promptly. But that’s exactly where the crux of the matter lies:...

The Malizia II hull: In the name of research

Why the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chose the racing yacht Malizia II for her polarizing Atlantic crossing is obvious when one takes a look at the interior of the ocean-going sailboat. After all, this Open 60 Class Yacht, which is one of the fastest monohulls in the world, is not just...

Study proven: Nutri-Score food labelling reduces diet-related deaths

The label of Nutri-Score resembles to some extent the design of the EU-wide energy efficiency class label. Maybe that’s why it’ s working so well. Because in a French study – ( France introduced the label in October 2017  )- Nutri-Score isn’t just well received by...

Start-up of the day: WEtell makes telecommunications sustainable

Telecommunications and sustainability? That is a contradiction in itself. At least that is the general opinion when anyone asks that in the community. Yet the founders of WEtell, Alexander Schmucker (Masters in Engineering), Dr. Nico Tucher (Doctor of Natural Sciences) and Alma Spribille (Masters...

Electrohydraulic valve train for combustion engines saves 20% on fuel

As long as combustion engines are available, it makes sense to optimize them as far as pollutant emissions and renewable fuels are concerned. One starting point involves using valves to supply and discharge these gases. Engine designers are specifically looking for a high degree of flexibility...

Polymers: Linoleic acid derived from vegetable oils to replace crude oil

Everyone knows that our raw material resources, such as oil, are limited. Reason enough to think about alternatives for a wide variety of applications. The annual production of around 400 million metric tons of polymers, for example, is still extracted for the most part from crude oil. This may...

EDEN-ISS: Substantial vegetable harvest in Antarctica

No, luckily the climate in Antarctica is still inhospitable. And this is precisely why the German Aerospace Center (DLR) set up the EDEN-ISS greenhouse there in 2018. This is because food production of the future and future space missions are being researched in the immediate vicinity of the...

Power-to-Liquid: Pilot plant at KIT produces first liters of fuel

This is how successful sector collaborations works: research partners from the Kopernikus-Projektes P2X recently produced the first liters of fuel from carbon dioxide from air, water and green electricity on the premises of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For the first time, they...

How a smartphone app can help fertilize your crops

“If this works, the app could be a real innovation and a great help to farmers.” …, states Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Olfs. The scientist from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and his team have been researching a fertilizer app for about two years. The app will use optical...

Start-up of the day: Munevo – wheelchair mobility using head motion

Healthy people can hardly imagine what it is like to be immobile and have to sit in a wheelchair. It is especially difficult for those who cannot move their mobile vehicle manually. As then they are always dependent on the help of others. This is unpleasant, uncomfortable and stigmatizing. The...

Hygienic beer caps thanks to UVC LEDs

Germs on beer caps are now a thing of the past: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB Advanced System Technology Branch (Fraunhofer Institute IOSB-AST for short) in Ilmenau, Germany, have now developed a process that uses UVC LEDs...

Start-up of the day: individual eyewear design by 3D-printing process

Glasses have been around since the early Middle Ages. While they were worn as an optical aid in the past, today they are increasingly used as a fashion accessory. And although every face, every head shape has its own individual characteristics, until now glasses have only ever been mass-produced....

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